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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
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Prepare to teach and lead physical health instructors with a graduate degree in Kinesiology from UNT.
The graduate Kinesiology program at the University of North Texas provides students with an in-depth understanding of the professional literature, trends and research being conducted in kinesiology, health promotion and recreation.

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Why Earn a Kinesiology Master's?

The primary purposes of the program in kinesiology are to provide students with an understanding of basic research methodology; to acquaint students with the professional literature, trends and research being conducted in kinesiology; and to enable students to develop a concentration in exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, sport pedagogy/physical education, or sport pedagogy with physical education certification.

Current research projects include the study of physical activity; social and psychological factors associated with physical fitness and body composition; effective coaching behavior; mental skills related to performance success; physiology of resistance exercise related to hormones, nutrition, health and performance; measurement and evaluation of physical fitness; and concurrent feedback and practice organization on the learning of motor skills.

Financial support for the research programs comes from internal faculty research grants and instructional grants, as well as external funding agencies.

Marketable Skills
  • Design/conduct/measure/evaluate scientific studies
  • Identify/develop/assess training programs
  • Identify/develop training plans for varied skill levels
  • Network/collaborate with other kinesiology professionals
  • Communicate scientific findings in lay terms

Kinesiology Master's Highlights

Students obtain an in-depth understanding of laboratory equipment and research applications.
Expand your knowledge base with respect to the scientific exploration of human movement, while enhancing your ability to interpret research findings
Learn to interface with other fitness professionals through collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts aimed at improving human performance
Designed to provide students with the theoretical foundations of the movement-based sciences.

What Can You do With a Kinesiology Master's?

Career opportunities for graduates are generally found in the private sector with health clubs, wellness centers, corporations, rehabilitation centers, athletic groups and other private groups; or within the teaching profession as teachers, coaches, athletic trainers and administrators.

Kinesiology Master's Courses You Could Take

Research Perspectives in Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation (3hrs)
Research techniques and their application to the research process in kinesiology, health promotion and recreation.
Sport and Exercise Psychology (3hrs)
Introduces students to the science of psychology in sport and exercise settings. Topics include motivation, mental preparation strategies, arousal-performance relationship, exercise adherence, and exercise and mental health.
Quantitative Procedures in Exercise and Sport Sciences (3 hrs)
In-depth study of analysis techniques necessary for scientific investigations in exercise and sport. Emphasis is placed on computer applications, advanced data analysis, techniques and interpretation of resulting analyses.
Physiology of Exercise (3 hrs)
Functional responses of the human body during movement; emphasis on elementary principles and basic research underlying a sound, safe and healthy exercise regimen.
Master’s Thesis (3-6 hrs)
To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate school. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun.
Motor Behavior (3hrs)
Examination of the major behavioral processes and control mechanics underlying the learning and performance of motor skills. 

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